Veronika Meduna- a great read

Veronika Meduna’s new book at only 88pages was given to me at Christmas and makes a fascinating read, a good introduction to understanding climate issues with good NZ inclusions.V Meduna Antarctica RobMcPhail2_620x310
Quote from Veronika in the NZ herald interview 10th Dec.
“I’m equally optimistic that the groundswell in grassroots activism is an indication that more and more people are willing to make a difference. I’m encouraged by the fact that many countries, including Australia, are in favour of the goal to keep warming at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, rather than 2 degrees.”
• Veronika Meduna is a producer for RNZ’s Our Changing World science show and author of the book Towards A Warmer World: What Climate Change Will Mean For New Zealand’s Future, published by Bridget Williams Books and available in bookshops or as an e-book. RRP: $14.99
– NZ Herald
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Interesting article on the dual problems of Climate change and terrorism by Harriet Lamb

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Many organisations and individuals are making the move to withdraw investments from Fossil fuels as this is one of the more powerful ways to exert influence. The Anglican church, Victoria University, Otago city Council…. help sway Auckland University to be the next. Sign the petition below.


In one week, the University of Auckland Council is meeting to decide whether they will divest the University of Auckland from fossil fuels, or whether they will continue to fund climate-wrecking industries.

The student representatives on the Council will present our petition as well as a report recommending full divestment at the meeting on Monday December 7.
We need your help to make the Council vote on the right side of history. Will you share our petition with your friends?

It takes the collective voices of those who care deeply about the University and a safe climate future like you and me to make ethical investment matter to Council members. By boosting our petition before we present it to them on Monday, they will see the urgent mandate for this issue. But I need your help.

Share this link SHARE ON FACEBOOK and TWITTER and say why divestment matters to you:

The divestment movement is spreading rapidly around the world, as universities like Stanford, Australian National University and Victoria University of Wellington show their leadership and commitment to a sustainable world. But these are not just symbolic acts, as the Bank of England, International Energy Agency and the OECD are now recognising that we have to keep much of the world’s fossil fuels in the ground.

The University of Auckland has an opportunity to add its strong voice to this movement. Will it live up to its reputation as a leader in the Pacific, or lag behind?
Together, we can help the University to put its money where its mouth is and step up on climate change.
Let’s make this happen!
Ngā mihi,

Max and the team at Fossil Free UoA

Climate change is occurring at unprecedented rates, thanks in large part to the massive amounts of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere by the…
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….and a good summary of Marches around NZ at

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March - save the humansAround 7000 Wellingtonians came from the streets, suburbs and surrounding districts to show that they want more action on Climate Change. It was a great atmosphere united message.
We stood before the beehive and heard Justin Duckworth, Pala Molisa and others calling for firmer action, NOW
Some of the Banners read ….
‘System change not climate change’
‘Save the Humans’ …. yes the planet will continue in some shape but it’s the humans that need to change.
‘Planet before profit’

Well done march organisers and all of you who took to the street !!!!March - enroute

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Law student going to court over NZ climate change policy

Friday 13th November 2015  The Wireless (also in NZ Herald, stuff, and checkpoint)

Waikato University student Sarah Thomson is taking the Government to court over its climate change policy.

Photo: NZ Geographic

A Waikato University law student is taking the Government to court over its climate change policy.

Sarah Thomson, 24, claims the targets New Zealand is committing at an upcoming UN climate convention in Paris are too low and has filed papers in the High Court in Wellington requesting a judicial review of aspects of the Government’s climate change policy.

The domestic greenhouse gas targets are unreasonable and not in line with the current scientific consensus, and they should have been reviewed following a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last year, she says.

“I’m going to be arguing that there actually is a legal obligation to set those reductions along the lines of scientific consensus.

“The Climate Change Response Act actually says in the ‘purpose’ section that any decision should be made in light of the climate change convention”, she told RNZ.

“We’re challenging the fact that Government hasn’t reviewed its emissions reductions targets, and that the targets that it has set for the convention in Paris are too low and unreasonable.”

New Zealand’s current proposed target ahead of the convention is to reduce emissions by 11 percent, based on 1990 levels, by 2030.

According to Thomson’s case, this target is “unreasonable and irrational”.                                                  She says New Zealand’s Climate Change Response Act requires the minister to review targets whenever the IPCC releases a new report, to make sure that targets are in line with scientific research and consensus on how to mitigate climate change.

There was no evidence any such review had taken place, which would mean the minister had acted unlawfully, Thomson says.

“I am fairly certain [that no review has happened] – all the information goes out onto the government website, and nothing has gone out about a review of that target.”

A spokesperson for Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser says the minister is seeking legal advice and was not in a position to comment further.


Thomson says she had not always been interested in climate change, but following it more over the last few months impressed on her the need to act.                                                                                                  “Just learning more about it has made me realise how important this is, to do something. It’s not really just the legal side of it, but also the human rights side and the environmental side of it too.”

Thomson says the best outcome would be that the Government is forced to set higher, more ambitious targets.                       In the meantime, she was happy to play the waiting game.

“We’re in it for the long haul – I’m keen to keep on taking it all the way through, and the lawyers are too.”

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Keep Wgtn buses clean. Sign Petition now. – see Transport page

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Great to see all those who made it to the last two keepacoolworld events.  James Renwick shared interesting insights on the NZ climate situation, and the fact that these next 20-30 years are critical in getting CO2 concentrations down. Lizzie Sullivan updated the audience on 350’s divestment campaign. For those who don’t know, Divestment is where individuals, organisations or companies withdraw funds from any investments in fossil fuels. If we can build up a divestment momentum, it is hoped that it will send a strong message that we don’t want to keep ‘digging up’, ‘fracking up’ and ‘drilling up’ these fuels, and will put the squeeze on the FF industry. Last year was a successful one in this regard,  with Victoria University, Dunedin city council and the Anglican church of Aotearoa all taking this stand. See  what you can do…/divestment…/divestment-resources/

.Hear the expert panel with Veronika Meduna Pala Molisa, Catherine Leining, Phil Squire and Aaron Packard from last week’s event.

or hear two thought-provoking radio interviews

1. Pala Molisa (Lecturer Victoria university Economics and business school) speaks about the economic factors involved in climate change. Traditionally accounting has excluded environmental and social impacts but how can the true costs of pollution be applied?
Go to ‘demand content’ Community Zone Thursday 4th Sept 2015

2. Aaron Packard (Global Climate impacts Co-ordinator, discussing powerful climate action happening around the His talk starts at 14mins

 wisd to surv pic THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.

Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.

See More

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People do care about climate change. Well plenty do…. if our Facebook page Keep A Cool World is anything to go by –  500 likes in its first 2 weeks.  People need to see that others care and that together our efforts will make a  difference.   If we reached our target of 1250 visitors to these September events that’s 1250 people showing they care about Climate Change and learning how they can do their bit. So get your friends along. Speak about this issue. This is the only event of this kind in Wellington, reaching a large number of everyday people. Lets take a stand .

You see that pale, blue dot? That’s us. Everything that has ever happened in all of human history, has happened on that pixel. All the triumphs and all the tragedies, all the wars all the famines, all the major advances… it’s our only home. And that is what is at stake, our ability to live on planet Earth, to have a future as a civilization. I believe this is a moral issue, it is your time to seize this issue, it is our time to rise again to secure our future.                                                                       Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

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What’s hot in September? Wellington groups collaborate for …..

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